RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Willie Lanier grew up playing at Hovey Field, on the campus of Virginia Union, as a high school player at Maggie Walker. Now he's bringing high school football back to that legendary field.
On October 12th, John Marshall will play Hermitage in the first Willie Lanier Football Classic. The annual game will feature at least one city school each year, and will bring city school football back to Friday nights.
at Virginia Union University's historical Hovey Field, is designed to be a marquee Friday night high school football attraction for Richmond residents, as well as to support the football program at John Marshall High School. This year's Classic will feature the highly anticipated match-up between John Marshall High School and top-seeded Hermitage High School.
The Willie Lanier Football Classic will take place on the heels of a special Pro Football Hall of Fame dedication to Willie Lanier at Maggie L. Walker High School. Lanier, who began his football career playing at Maggie L. Walker High School, played as a middle-linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs from 1967 to 1977. He helped the Chiefs capture a Super Bowl championship in 1969. Lanier was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1986. During his high school football career, Lanier played all home games on Friday nights at Hovey Field. The October 12th game will be a part of John Marshall's homecoming celebration.